Thanksgiving is one of my favourite times of the year. Most likely, you're either asking what Thanksgiving even is or accusing me of being British and therefore prohibited from celebrating the American holiday where thanks is given for the harvest of the year to come. Well, I am in fact American, and not an impostor. Not only do I hold an American passport but an American Mother, which (in my case) makes me as American as one can get. You might tell me that I live in England, meaning I have no reason to celebrate. However, that's far from the truth. Since my newly American siblings are dismissed from school/work/housewife duties on Thanksgiving, this means they get to visit, which means I get to see them, so actually Thanksgiving is very important in my household.
Yankee or not, though, if Thanksgiving is the holiday where we give thanks for the harvest we will be receiving in the year to come, I can translate that into giving thanks for all the delicious produce that will be at my local farmers market in the year to come and I am absolutely thankful for that.
Hanukkah is one my favourite holidays too. Reasonably, this used to be because my parents would buy my four siblings and me eight seperate gifts. This happened for about 15 years. (Woah, that's a lot of gifts. 600 to be exact. 40 per year!) Now, I call it my favourite holiday because sometime after Hanukkah (maybe even several months after) I find a material item I desperately need (want) and claim my credits from the eight Hanukkah gifts I never received.
This year is special, it's my very first Thanksgivukkah. Hanukkah Santa is coming early this year and he's just in time for the Thanksgiving turkey. One might think this isn't such a good thing since it kind of deprives you of a second, much needed holiday, but I just think it gives you an excuse to have doughnuts at Thanksgiving. (Baked Doughnuts, of course. How many calories can one really intake in one day)?